Here is a significant find. The promoters of indiscriminate use of
violence and rebellion depend on Ibn Taymiyyah's Mardin Fatwa. Top
scholars came together to deliberate on this fatwa. They relied on the
fatwa as is it is "popularly" reported. Listen to the clip from Shaykh
Hamza which is the mp3 file attached. Shaykh Hamza was speaking at the
Rethinking Islamic Reform debate with Dr. Tarek Ramadan held at Oxford
University, UK. It points out that Shaykh Bin Bayyah was not
comfortable with the text as it was internally contradictory. In that
Ibn Taymiyyah analyzed Mardin, then declared it is neither Dar ul Kufr
or Dar ul Islam but another classification of Dar al 'Ahd, yet the
prescription is as if the Dar ul Kufr is equal to Dar al 'Ahd. After
the conference Shaykh Bin Bayyah tried to remove his doubt about the
text of the fatwa, only to find out that the earlier manuscripts of the
fatwa had amalu [sic] not qatalu [sic]. This is a significant
as reported by Shaykh Hamza.
You can find the entire Rethinking Islamic Reform debate between Shaykh Hamza and Dr Ramadan here:
Its almost 3 hours long. The attached audio clip is the part where
Shaykh Hamza mentions the Mardin Fatwa. The Mardin conference website
You can get a report of the conference declaration here:
The point to note is that Shaykh Bin Bayyah's findings on the fatwa
being deliberated upon at the conference was not an accurate reporting
of Ibn Taymiyya's words came after the conference.
May Allah SWT guide us to that which is right and protect us from that which is wrong.